21 January 2013

Uganda: Acme Launches Journalism Award Scheme

The African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME), with support from Hivos has launched the Uganda National Journalism Awards scheme.

This award aims at inspiring young Journalists to embrace enterprise and investigative journalism; increase the quantity and quality of public affairs reporting and investigative journalism; promote accurate, knowledgeable, enterprise and investigative reporting in all media; and increase the diversity of voices in media coverage.

"The awards are open to all Ugandan journalists who are professional and competent, but also exhibit a passion for in-depth public affairs reporting and investigative journalism," ACME said in a statement dated January 18.

The awards will be held at this year will recognise excellent reporting in various fields such as investigative journalism; multimedia feature writing; commentary; Editorial cartooning; photojournalism; political coverage; environment ;health; arts and culture; Sports and crime

"For the last two years we have run an awards scheme targeting coverage of the oil, gas and mining sector. Now we want to expand that to create a prestigious annual event, one which all who care about quality journalism in Uganda will look forward to," said Dr. Peter Mwesige, the executive director of ACME.

ACME will propose partnerships with organisations that offer independent awards with the goal of incorporating those awards into a unified Uganda National Journalism Awards scheme.

There will also be a grand prize - journalist of the year award (for sustained and proven excellence in reporting)- and a lifetime achievement award.

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